Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I last updated…sorry about that. I’ve been traveling around but finally have my feet back on the ground in Tokyo, for the time being.
Living in a city for six years gives you some confidence that you’ve explore all that you need to explore. However, Tokyo is not that kind of city and I think it would take over a lifetime maybe two to even be able to see all the gems this it’s has to offer. Recently, two lovely ladies from Hong Kong were visiting and gave me a taste of Tokyo medicine. Fellow X-girl Ingrid and the lovely Anne told me to meet them for dinner at Ebisu Yokocho right near Ebisu station. Thinking it was a nice restaurant that I had yet to try, I made my way over and was in for a big surprise. Once I couldn’t find the “restaurant”, I found the address and went into the building. I was completely surprise to find so many little food stall restaurants hidden in this one building. It was so packed with people and smelled of delicious food that I couldn’t believe I had a.) never been there, b.) never heard about it, c.) never found it! I found the girls at one stall that had great sushi for a great price. We got our full and moved to the next stall of our choice. This is definitely a place that you can move from stall to stall and try out all of the interesting food Japan has to offer!
Here’s our Round 2!:
Girl’s Night with Ingrid (love the new headband!) & Anne
Bean sprouts and pork on a hot plate
Round 2 = so full!
We ended up staying and restaurant hoping until 2:30am eating all different kinds of food and sushi and drinking Japanese sake and beer. It was such a fun night, time passed so quickly!
Can’t wait for these girls to come back to Tokyo! Always love spending time with them!!
If you ever come to Tokyo and want to try a fun, raw, subcultural experience, I definitely recommend Ebisu Yokocho. Challenge yourself with the language, food, drink, and just enjoy life and try making friends!!
My first job of the year was an amazing collaboration of shooting a catalog for new sandals brand, Plip Plop, cover and inside spread of Body Magazine, and shooting for FHM Taiwan. I was invited by my friend and photographer David Barker to meet him in the Philippines, Boracay Island to shoot.
It was just after New Years so the island was bustling with people from all over the world enjoying their vacation. Coincidentally, my friend from Tokyo was there on vacation as well so I was able to meet up with her and her mom and spend some relaxing time together outside of Tokyo. It was really nice.
The shoots consisted of my own hair and make-up and my own styling, which I had never done before but it was actually really fun. It was so natural and smooth. And it was more like we were just having fun shooting pictures on a beautiful island than actually working. I am very lucky to have a friend as a great photographer. All of the pictures turned out beautifully on our two-manned shoot. I’m waiting excitedly to see them in print!
So if you’re in Taiwan or China, Please keep an eye out for me coming to magazine racks soon and make sure to pick up a copy! Great pictures plus interviews in both Body Magazine and FHM. And as always thank you for all of your support!
The only thing I ever wanted in my life as a child was a puppy. Especially one for Christmas. I remember writing Santa for four straight Christmases for a puppy. And I also remember disliking Santa every year he didn’t get me one. Ha
But it wasn’t Santa who brought Mickey into our lives, it was magical timing where all of my puppy-wanting pieces fell into place. On one fateful Sunday afternoon, I finally got to take home a puppy from the Sunday adoption pet shop.
My friends and I would make excuses to go every Sunday to restock on pet supplies while secretly hoping that my parents would see the light and want to adopt a puppy. There was a litter of puppies that we had met the Sunday before and fell in love with. When they were still there the next week, the next step would be to somehow convince my Dad that we needed a puppy. I think it was just pure luck that he actually agreed to come to the pet shop to check out the little puppies because he had been so reluctant the Sunday’s before.
Well, after our third trip that Sunday to the pet shop, my Dad found one that pulled at all of our heart strings and was adopted as a new member of the Reilly family. I finally had a little brother and would not be an only child. He was a big puppy and quite heavy, but I just remember hugging his little warm body and his soft fur and his cute sleepy face all the way home. He was all that I had been dreaming for.
We named him Mickey and he grew bigger and bigger every week. He was sweet and loving and wild and rambunctious. Barking all night so that we would come and be with him. I loved him very much and so did my friends and family. He ate one whole couch, pillows and all, so many pairs of shoes and sunglasses, remote controls, anything he could get his teeth on.
I loved when he would go into my room and take my stuffed animals and leave them around the house. As soon as you got home, he would be so shy, you would know what he had done.
All of the amazing memories I have shared with Mickey. But most of all I’m so happy and thankful to have had him in my life.
Rest in Peace Mickey.
You were the best little brother I could have asked for.
Today is the start of my new TV show, “Kawaii International”. I will be co-hosting the show which will be introducing the best of Kawaii Culture and Fashion in Japan and around the world. I’m really excited to be doing a program in English and to showcase “Kawaii” to everyone all around the world.
The best part is that it is a program in English and can be seen from anywhere by live streaming online from NHK World TV!!!
I arrived home to find a note on my front door reading…
“HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE!!!!”
Which was very unusual since it was one day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th…
I proceeded into my apartment with caution because I thought surely this is for my roommate and her boyfriend came to surprise her. I opened the door into my apartment and there was a small bouquet of flowers in the entryway with candles lit all throughout the hallway, living room, kitchen, and powder room. Still a little unsure of who this Valentine’s Day Surprise was for, I slowly followed the carefully placed arrows and signs leading me to the living room. That’s when I realized, that this wasn’t for my roommate, but for me!! I couldn’t believe it. I was in complete utter shock. As I made my way through my apartment, I found little presents all along the way, but the best present of all was when I opened the door to my room and found my amazing boyfriend standing there.
This is the best Valentine’s Day I could have ever wished for and the best boyfriend in the whole world. I am so thankful and lucky to have him in my life. Thank you baby for making this the best Valentine’s Day ever!!
I spent my holidays in one of my most favorite places, Bali. This was my 3rd time to Bali and it was the first time to spend Christmas away from my family. Although I missed them very much, it was a very nice experience to celebrate a non-traditional Christmas on an island, in the sun. We rented a beautiful three-bedroom villa with a private pool near Seminyak called Villa Pearl. I had a total of 10 days and 11 nights in Bali and wished I never had to leave. I think I could live forever on an island, but I’ll just have to save that to look forward to in retirement. On Christmas day we drove towards the center of the island, to Ubud, to have a wonderful time with my boyfriend’s cousin and her family and a delicious japanese-style dinner. I love driving around Bali because there’s so many different people, places, sunsets, skies to see and so many beautiful religious temples and huge statues. We spent our most of our vacation lounging around on the beach, at our villa, in the pool, or just in bed. ♥
I celebrate saying Good-Bye to 2011 and HELLO 2012 by dancing the night away at a great party held at Potato Head Beach Club in Bali. It was a huge space with 3 different restaurants and a pool front and center (where they built a stage and DJ booth). We had a pretty big crew and managed to take over a small area in the front corner which gave us the best seats to the amazing fireworks show! It was the longest fireworks show I’ve ever seen!!
I couldn’t of asked for a better night with my boyfriend, best friend, and friends! It was an absolutely magical night in Bali! 2012 is going to be a great year! I can just feel it!!
If you ever make it to Bali, definitely be sure to check out Potato Head. It’s a great place to have dinner, relax, and stare at the ocean.
Name: Melody Yoko Reilly Location: Tokyo ⇔ Hong Kong ⇔ L.A. Occupation: Model | TV Host | Entertainer Interests: ~traveling heavenly bodies~ Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
A student, dancer, lover & adventurer, exploring the universe one sight at a time.
Taking in all of the wonders of the world and the people in it.
I love with all of my heart and will never let you feel as if you are alone.
Strong as I can be, fun as I want to be, loved as I am meant to be, take or leave me.